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All your campers may realize is that they’re having a blast, but under the surface, critical character building is taking place. Purposeful conversations happen in formal Bible study times, on walks by the lake or over a milkshake. This is the power of The Life Map.
The Sky Ranch Life Map, our intentional plan for campers’ personal development, is fun with a purpose. It starts with a week of camp each summer when children are younger, and then builds year after year, to help shape campers into servant leaders through our relevant leadership camps when they’re in their teens and even into young adulthood.
The Life Map was designed as a framework for ministry that allows Sky Ranch to remain directed and purposeful with our mission of leading youth and families to know and follow Christ. It is our desire as a ministry, while committed to the support of the local Church, to invest in families’ long term through intentional relationships.
The Life Map consists of 3 phases as your child goes and grows through the program:
Developing character and faith.
Phase 1 of the Life Map is focused on learning, knowing that it is during this phase of a person’s life that they develop character and can by way of fun and relationships guiding them at camp, come to saving faith in Jesus.
Putting faith into action
Phase 2 of the Life Map is focused on experience. It is a time when campers are ready and desire to learn more about who God is and who He created them to be. It is during Phase 2 that campers are challenged to live out and be what they believe, by putting their faith into action. Phase 2 is where the Leadership Camps begin.
Contributing through servant leadership
Phase 3 of the Life Map is focused on becoming. This is the phase you move past the growth of a consumer and introduction of service, to becoming a full on servant leader. The works of your leadership become contributing factors to the growth of those are now entering into the Life Map and expand into your community, churches, and family.
At Sky Ranch, we have a base of essential components that are incorporated into all programs in every phase of the Life Map. Bible study curriculum, teachable moments, camper awards, cabin structure and cabin counselors are crucial parts of our ministry that exist to create excellence in every aspect of summer camp.
Sky Ranch’s biblically-based study curriculum is based upon answering one of the annually rotating worldview questions:
Each program in the Life Map will tackle these world view questions through our specifically developed curriculum meant to intentionally target our campers based upon the stage of life they are in and level of questions they are asking.
Counselors in every program are trained to look for “teachable moments” where they can strike up growth-oriented conversations with campers. Our counselors are with their cabin at every event of each day which makes every moment a possibility for growth as a Christ-follower! This means that teaching about the Word of God goes beyond bible study and into the entirety of the day as campers benefit from the influence of their counselors through the witness of their godly character and actions as well as the on-going godly conversations they have in the middle of having fun.
Every camper at Sky Ranch is given a unique award based upon a character quality observed by their counselor that they wish to highlight as a strength placed in them by their Creator. In addition to these personal awards, three additional character awards are highlighted in each cabin: